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a single sound byte can say it all. although leslie wasn't speaking for the news media. the ceo of cbs says on the eve of super tuesday, that the donald trump phenomenon "may not be good for america but it's damned good for cbs". trump's assent has boosted ratings for the networks which provide donald trump with a disproportionate amount of air time because it is good for business. on it goes. the anti establishment candidate on the democratic side bernie sanders gets a fraction of the coverage that donald trump gets which has his supporters scratching their heads and calling foul. he is in an uphill climb to get past hillary clinton and the impression provided in the make-up stream news media that clinton is the
presumptuoo $nominee. >> it is good to be with the press the donald trump campaign has been called car crash tv why is why so many americans are tuning in. what happened in houston on cnn's watch was like a multi vehicle pile up at the intersection of american politics and media. >> it is like watching a substitute teacher trying to school. >> he doesn't get to yell it. >> i want to move on. these are the rules >> he called me a lie yr >> they were just running all over him. it was the food fight in the lunch room. >> it was symptomatic of the fact that the media has been unable to control trump in any way.
there were a lot of softball questions >> how are you going to make them pay for the wall >> i will and it got ten foot taller >> there were many issues that were completely skirted over. it was a very disappointing debate from a stand appoint of media criticism. >> if i were the host of a donny brook like that i would have let them go >> this guy is a choke artist and this guy is a liar u >> >> it absolutely showed their lack of discipline. i think actually the host did a good job by letting them hang themselves >> it reflects how the media is against donald trump. she asked him very tough questions >> in 2004 you said you
identified as a democrat. when did you become a republican? >> he punished her for it. if they were to send somebody more assertive, there could be blow back from donald trump and the threat of not getting ratings in this race. >> the narrative around donald trump has taken a sharp turn with questions like can this anti establishment demagogue win the nomination giving way to can he be stopped. the outlets that gave him rise, the news cast that gave him more coverage are asking the same question. during his days at abc news, he was considered the best interviewer in the business. this past week he went on fox news and said the channel, its
lust for ratings have made donald trump's fight possible. >> how would you do it? >> it's irrelevant how i would do it. you know who made it irrelevant? you did. you have change the television landscape over the past 20 years. you took it from being objective and dull to subjective and entertaining. the fact of the matter is his audience is not even a television audience. it is an audience on twitter. they deal in messages of 1 had 0 characters or less which keeps it nice and simple. >> reporter: not everyone in the corporate owned commercially driven u.s. news media is conflicted over the trump story. the ceo at cbs admits trump is better for his network than he is for the country and that was no slip of the tongue. he has said it before >> he was saying it was damn good for cbs which was a follow-up which he said
something back in december where he cheered go donald go in reference to the fact that donald trump was creating these controversies. this was made on same day that donald trump was calling for a ban on all muslims entering the u.s. of america. he was saying it not from a policy perspective, but this is great for business. >> all the amphetamine work executives have one-- network executives have one thing in mind. they're talking from a profit and loss. when he talks about the country he is circumventing the journalism and saying to the american people, we're going to do business and the chips are going to fall where they may which i think is dangerous >> you see networks rely on donald trump for ratings which means that they give him more air time which means that his message gets more air time compared to other candidates.
when there is a message such as his that is hateful, it gets air time. they're in a sick relationship on the democratic side the complaints over coverage, primarily the lack of it, come from the bernie sanders' camp. the senator from vermont who want to take on big banks has raised more money than any candidate ever, but the coverage of his campaign fails to refleck that. bernie sanders is up against the better known and supremely well connected hillary clinton on whom the u.s. mainstream media have placed an aura of inevitability. that's on the mainstream airways. one of the reasons for that impression, according to the intercept.com, is that the news networks often use pundits presented as analysts who have ties to clinton but who are seldom identified that way. >> some of these people are paid
by the clinton campaign or have close ties to consultancies that work for the campaign. they should be disclosed by the media organizations. >> joining us now on the set is political contributor. >> so we know what we're getting is a piece of unpaid advertising. can >> that applies across the board because disclosure updoesn't begin and end with these political consultants. it is a much bigger problem in the lead-up to the iraq war where military contractors and security consultants were on air ichlts it's a very well laid out plan >> none of their financial relationships or even their associations were being disclosed or sduft and they were - drn discussed appeared they-- discussed an they were beating the drum. >> this affects much more than the political process. >> the networks want hillary clinton to win. wall street does not want bernie sanders.
they will accept hillary clinton. the fact is the major media outlets in this country doesn't want to sea wall street attacked because they're big stream advertisers. there is no question there is a sell job being made on the american people right now that can be said about both sets of candidates. two contests and the media are not just telling the story, they are and their ratings are a big part of it. that's the bottom line.
other media stories that are on our radar this week. president erdogan reaction to the release of journalists he wanted released. they were freed after a ruling by the constitutional court which said that their freedom of expression had been violated as had freedom of the press. of that judgment erdogan said i keep my silence but i do not abide by the decision or respect it. adding that the case had nothing to do with press freedom but with the case of spying. despite their release the two journalists are waiting to be cleared by a lower court and not allowed to leave the country.
media businesses owned affiliated with the goolan movement and islamic cleric. among the media outlet shut down or now under government control, newspapers zaman and others as well as television stations. last october turkish police raid the headquarters replacing the company's directors with government appointed trustees. the ewe began dan-- ewe ugandan election has seen results in dispute with one was put under arrest. two reporters working for the nbs tv were among those arrested outside the home. one was live on the air when he was arrested, but he continued to document the story from the police pick-up truck >> we're being driven to the police station
the next day his colleague was taken into custody as well. >> we have been arrested as you can see both journalists have been released without charge. a statement issued by the local police cited parking violations asset reason for their arrests. according to advocates working for media freedom, up to 40 journalists have been detained, beaten or forced out of work while covering the election campaign. last week we record on china's president telling media outlets that their primary job is to support the party. a prominent party member who took issue with that was shamed and muzzled. president xi jinping comments got a lot of play. one who was a property magnate then told his 37 million followers that cctv should serve
the interests of the tack pairers and not those of party - taxpayerers. his website was taken down. tens of thousands of refugees continue to stream into and across europe. in this past week saw crowds of them confronted by police and hit with tear gas as they tried to pass into macedonia from greece. we want to look at refugees who have reached their designation germany and the imapply kayings for the media there. the refugees are not just a big story to the media, there are more than a million of them. so they're a new market. public broadcast networks private channels, newspapers of varying political stripes, ngos, even tech companies have tailored their content delivering it to this new audience. the results have been slightly hit and miss. that's inspired a small group of
refugees to start reporting for themselves, publishing a monthly newspaper that aims to get past the stereotypes in the cultural divide. a story in germany, the people doing the reporting and the story in cologne that wasn't covered at least not initially. >> reporter: for the german media right now there is no bigger story. >> for the past year the issue of migration and refugees has been the central issue in german mass media. it is very much about the refugees and migrants. germans talking about them, discussing the issue, but very few refugees and migrants are actually heard.
>> we talk a lot about ourselves when we refer to refugees. so it's a lot about who we are, who we want to be and about how our values in germany shift. >> so it's a lot of let's say self-reflection of germany, and german society, of german people. >> reporter: the influx of over a million refugees has spawned a new genre of out put. a podcast series of helpful hints from a young journalist whose parents fled the war. a phone app which creators call a guide for your first weeks in germany. most recently, start fx, an ngo-backed project aiming to put
a refugee-led radio on air. the one that is most visible is this one, welcome. hosted by a man a weekly show that broadcasts on ntv in german and arabic >> i remember when we started the show on 25 concept. the reaction-- september. the reaction was overwhelming, from media people, refugees inside and outside germany because that was something unique, in arabic. the initial idea was that we talk about, for example, our constitution, our history, our food. food. >> so that we were give refugees an impression of what we think is pivotal for starting a life in germany. >> i was told it more like a pr kind of thing.
when you watch these episodes, i feel it is a very top-down approach >> >> it has a paradigm ideology of asimulation towards refugees, so do this, don't do this. it is very much focusing on how you are and how we are as civilised and please become like us. >> reporter: the hundreds, sometimes thousands of refugees arriving here every week need information. some mainstream media players try to adapt their out put to these audience. some refugees are now starting media outlets of their own, providing people like themselves
with what they need to know. this woman, a syrian palestinian refugee who arrived in germany 18 months ago now edits a refugee-run monthly newspaper from his apartment in cologne called doors. >> translation: we're trying to open the doors for everyone from refugees to writers to even germans who wish to write for a refugee audience. i get in touch with people and there is a group that works has a communications hub. we usually get in touch over skype, phone and facebook and discuss a variety of topics. then we showcase them to the editorial committee and decide what will be included and what will be discarded. this has made the web newspaper by refugees for refugees. >> translation: i follow the news of syria, my country, but at the same time we're also
interested in knowing what is happening here in germany. we live here so we have to know the country's news. >> translation: i follow it on facebook. they cover events in germany. whether they are related to us as refugees here in germany or not. >> translation: i like it a lot because it is the only way that new refugees can know the news. the rules around it, the new regulations happening in germany then one day the media fell silent. attacks against german women on new year's eve in cologne by men of foreign status.
one broadcasters was forced to apologise for not reporting on the story four days later. the television that has been granted a 12-month licence to transmit inside the country to the new audience in their language. it was one of the first networks to cover the incident. >> they're much earlier because we got more information and we are more sensitive to things like that. we have people from 60 nations working for us and they have different sources. we try to give the whole picture >> some criticized that we were waiting for a week or so, but i say it is correct because what we knew about the incident changed from day-to-day. i went to the one of the main reception places in berlin for syrian refugees. i talked to some of them there. i had one of them on my show. it was my ambition to point out
if the law and the resumes that we have do not obliged by refugees that are leaving our countries. they were harming themselves most. >> translation: our coverage was different. while mass media was focusing on the background of the attackers, we focused on the crime itself and the victimsment we also covered the reactions of syrians and arabs on the incident and the irn of harassment, whether it's a cultural thing or a crime that goes unpunished in our communities. all in all we tried to cover the story in a different way that sheds life on uncovered angles. >> reporter: germany is a country that bears the weight of its own troubled history. the story of its past is the inescapable context for the reporting of new stories like refugee influx. even though all of the new speaker: s content tailored for the application hits the mark, it says a lot about how germany changed and keeps changing
>> there has been a general consensus that germany is, in fact, a country of immigration. so there's also general general consensus that we have to avoid the mistakes that were made in the past. there are many efforts but all kinds of media to give more insight and better understanding to the situation. >> the main aim, of course, is to integrate. they have to learn german. we don't want to get the channel in arabic in germany. that doesn't make sense to any of us. it's not our job. i don't believe in so much power of the media, but i believe in that we can fill in a little bit or have a little bit very small step to better integration of refugees, yes.
finally, one last thought on cultural is simulation. a few months pack the bavarian arm put out a cartoon. helpful suggestions like looking people in the eye when you greet them, not to beat your children, grope women or harass gay couples. that inspired a lebanese british on line satirist to produce his own guide for western behaviour that should be annulled voided in the middle east. like air strikes, invasions, supplying repressive regimes with tear it was and deadly weapons. it was a small online reminder that in a globalised world cultural asimulation is a two way street. >> celebrity chef, marcus samuelsson. >> i've had the fortune to live out my passion. >> his journey from orphan